Did you know that January is National Radon Action Month? This yearly event highlights the importance of testing your home (or one you are thinking of purchasing) for radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that is the leading cause of cancer among non-smokers. We offer radon testing in Chanhassen and the surrounding areas, and we know firsthand just how imperative it is to see how much radon is in your home or the one you’re thinking of buying.
Every house has radon in it; however, there is a certain level of radon that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises is the “action level.” That level is 4 pCi/L. If radon testing at your house shows the radon level is higher than 4, then you need to take action to reduce the amount of radon. Usually this entails getting some type of radon mitigation system installed. There are many companies out there that specialize in these systems, so it should be easy for you to find help if you need it.
There are two ways you can have your home tested for radon. You can get a test kit to test for radon yourself or you can hire professionals like the ones at AmeriSpec to test for radon. In general, people will hire us for radon testing at a house they are thinking of buying. Our radon testing services are totally unbiased, so you and the seller can rest easy knowing the results you get will be 100% impartial.
If you are thinking of building a home, you should definitely have radon levels tested during the construction phase. There are also builders out there who use radon-resistant new construction.
Here is one of the most common misconceptions about radon: just because your neighbor’s home was tested and the results showed a low level of radon, that does not mean your home will have the same results. Radon levels vary greatly, and there are several reasons the radon at one house might be higher than radon levels at a neighboring house. The only real way to know for sure is by having radon testing done, either with a do it yourself kit or by hiring professionals like us.
Are you interested in learning more about radon testing in Chanhassen or any of the surrounding areas? Call us at AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 952-854-5110, or you can Contact Us.